Adoption & Surrogacy Support

Adoption & surrogacy are wonderful ways to become a parent.  Like any parenting journey, they come with some particular considerations for parents. Doula support for adoption and surrogacy is intended to provide parents with a safe place to discuss & process emotions, a resource for evidence-based information, & practical hands-on support as you welcome your child into your family.

 

Adoption Support

Just as birth doulas are not medical experts, an adoption doula is not a legal expert. I am, however, an impartial support person with whom you can discuss your options, work through your feelings & find compassion & understanding in challenging times. I am also an expert in the practicalities of becoming a parent & caring for children. I will answer your questions & provide advice to build your confidence & prepare you for this amazing journey.

Adoption can be a long & complex process. Whether you are in the early stages, contemplating and learning about adoption, or well on your way to welcoming a child into your home, I can support you. I offer flexible packages that are tailored to your needs.


Types of information & support offered:

  • Discussing if adoption is right for you

  • Your adoption options in Ontario

  • Deciding what type of adoption you would like to pursue

  • Finding the right child for your family

  • Navigating the adoption process

  • Preparing for parenting

  • Preparing your home to welcome your child

  • Welcoming your child

  • Navigating relationships with biological parents

  • Building confidence as a parent

 

Adoption Support Packages

Small Package

$200

Includes:

  • 1 hour intake meeting to learn about you and your needs, & to determine the goals you are hoping to achieve with my help

  • 6 hours of support to be used at client’s discretion (must be scheduled in advance)

  • Phone, text & email availability

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Medium Package

$300

​Includes:

  • 1 hour intake meeting to learn about you and your needs, & to determine the goals you are hoping to achieve with my help

  • 10 hours of support to be used at client’s discretion (must be scheduled in advance)

  • Phone, text & email availability

Full Package

$450

Includes:

  • 1 hour intake meeting to learn about you and your needs, & to determine the goals you are hoping to achieve with my help

  • 14 hours of support to be used at client’s discretion (must be scheduled in advance)

  • Phone, text & email availability

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Surrogacy support

A surrogate is an individual who agrees to be inseminated, carry & birth a child for another person, the intended parent. 

Surrogacy is a beautiful gift from a willing person of gestational age to parents who cannot or who have chosen not to carry & birth a child. 

Doula support for surrogacy comes in two forms:

  1. Support to the surrogate as a prenatal coach or birth doula

  2. Support to the intended parents as a prenatal coach &/or postpartum doula


These two services cannot be combined, as this would represent a conflict of interest.

 

Surrogate Support Pacakges

 

Support for Surrogates

Surrogate parents are partners to the intended parents. They carry the fetus, birth the baby, and sometimes provide milk to the intended parents following the birth. The degree of involvement of the surrogate in the family’s life, & vice versa, is determined by the parties involved.

Doula care for surrogate parents can be in the form of prenatal coaching or birth doula care. It is the same service I would provide to a birthing parent, including presenting evidence-based information, & being present as emotional & physical support to the birthing person. 

Read about my prenatal coaching and birth doula packages to learn more. 

Support for Intended Parents

Intended parents in a surrogate relationship often need support to prepare themselves for the birth of their baby. Support for intended parents involves providing individualized care to meet your needs as you prepare to welcome your baby into your home. 

Some common topics covered are:

  • Choosing a surrogate

  • Navigating your relationship with the surrogate parent

  • Supporting the surrogate in pregnancy

  • How to care for yourself during the gestational period

  • Understanding birth

  • Discussing the birth: what do you expect? What does the surrogate expect? How to navigate the chosen place of birth.

  • Preparing for parenthood

  • Education on caring for a newborn

  • Welcoming your baby

  • Feeding your baby

819-918-8705

Ottawa, ON

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